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This is the third post in the “Marketing Toolkit Series” and we will focus on Thank You Letters. Thank you letters are another important part of your Marketing Toolkit. The main purpose (besides the obvious thanks) is to ensure that the interviewer knows that, not only are you a good match for the job but that you heard everything that was discussed during the interview. There is an expectation that everyone will send a Thank You letter, and those that don’t may not get the opportunity to continue in the process. This is your chance to list those characteristics that match the job and company profile.
Strategies for Thank You Letters
- Personalize your thank you letter: Tailor your message to reflect your conversation and highlight specific points discussed during the interview.
- Express gratitude: Begin by expressing sincere appreciation for the opportunity to interview and thank the interviewer for their time and consideration.
- Reiterate your interest: Reinforce your enthusiasm for the position and the company, emphasizing why you are a strong fit and how the interview solidified your interest.
- Reference key points: Mention specific aspects of the interview that resonated with you, such as shared values, exciting projects, or the company’s culture, to demonstrate your attentiveness.
- Address any concerns or questions: If there were any areas of the interview where you felt the need for clarification or further discussion, use the thank you letter as an opportunity to address them and provide additional insights.
- Follow up on action items: If there were any action items or next steps discussed during the interview, acknowledge them in your letter and express your readiness to proceed.
- Proofread and edit: Ensure your letter is error-free and well-written. Double-check names, titles, and any details mentioned to avoid mistakes.
- Timeliness: Send your thank you letter promptly, ideally within 24 hours of the interview, to maintain a sense of enthusiasm and professionalism.
- Keep it concise: Be mindful of the letter’s length and keep it brief and focused, conveying your appreciation and key points without excessive verbosity.
- Use a professional tone: Maintain a polite and professional tone throughout the letter, showcasing your professionalism and communication skills.
hen it comes to your job search, every written communication matters, including the Thank You letter. It should be skillfully crafted and personalized for the interviewer. While the content may overlap, it’s crucial to avoid sending identical letters to different interviewers within the same company.
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- Sending a Thank You Email After A Phone Interview is a Great Idea – This article, from CareerAlley, provides overall guidelines, as well as what to include and exclude, general, thank you, addressing concerns, etc. Key in this article are each of the paragraphs at the beginning which state, more or less, the real purpose of the letters (similar to what I indicated earlier in this post). And, although I didn’t mention it, Proofread as many times as possible concept is listed here as well.
- How to Write a Thank You Letter – Also by About.com, this article lists the “Here’s How” as well as additional tips. The time-tested standards are here – letters to each interviewer, expressing your interest in the job and the company, mentioning specific topics discussed during the interview, etc.
- Great Job Interview, Have You Said Thank You? – The four things you need to remember with thank you letters. The list includes General letters, letters that stress fit, letters that focus on damage control (yes, there are letters for almost every occasion), job fair interviews, and more. How about what you need to leave out or forget?
- Writing Effective Interview Thank You Letters – Sending a powerful thank you letter after an interview can help put you ahead of other candidates interviewing for the job so you get the coveted offer. Receive step-by-step instructions on how to write custom thank you letters for every interview.
- 6 Tips For Following Up After A Job Interview – One more site with examples, this one from Virginia Tech. The site lists the purpose of the thank you letter, talks about snail mail versus email, what to do if you don’t hear from an employer, and provides examples as well. Finally, at the bottom of the page is a full listing of additional career links.